Father Liju Jose

My dear friends,

It is with a heavy but grateful heart that I write this letter to you. After four very joyous and rewarding years serving this parish, the Archbishop has given me a new assignment. I want to thank each and every one of you for the kindness and love you have shown me during these four years together. As many of you know, it was my very first assignment as pastor in Canada. I felt so welcomed by all of you. This community received me with open arms, and you took me in as one of your own son, brother, friend.

Throughout these four short years, I have enjoyed working with all of you to build the church and in the various ministries of the Church. I have learned so much from you and it has been a great pleasure serving you in the best way that I possibly could. I have come to learn that this is a very special community that strives to always be united under the loving care of our Lord, Jesus Christ through Mother Mary. I have learned that you love your priests, no matter how imperfect we may be.  But the most important thing that I have learned is that you love me.

I want to take this opportunity to humbly apologize to anyone whom I may have treated impolitely, or did not have time for, or if there is anything that I did to offend you. Please know that, that was never my intention and I ask for your forgiveness.

Change can be difficult, but as parish priest we pledge our obedience to the Archbishop as he discerns what is best for our Archdiocese. I am very grateful to him for giving such a wonderful first parish assignment in Canada at this Church of Our Lady of Peace, an assignment that I will never forget. I ask you to please pray for him and for all our diocesan priests especially during this time we prepare to welcome Pope Francis.

I can see how God has guided me along the way and help me to lead you to Christ. I pray to God that he will continue to shower his blessings and love on this community and know that my prayers are with each one of you.

Few words express my feelings, so it’s hard to convey how deeply I appreciate the love and support that you gave during these four years together. The only thing I ask of you is that you pray for me, as I pray for you. From the very bottom of my heart I thank you for these amazing and fruitful years together. I will miss you a lot. Please feel free to call me or visit me anytime in Onoway.

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians:1:3-6, 9-11)

 

With a heart of Love and Prayer

Fr Liju Jose